Planning to replace your old room air conditioner? Or maybe augment your existing centralized air conditioning unit? If you’ve been busy looking for the most ideal system, then you must have already heard about ductless mini split system.
And while whittling down some options, we’ll assume that you must have already seen at least a few of Mitsubishi Electric ductless mini split units. If not, then it might serve you best to consider taking a second look.
Among the current generation of mini split systems, Mitsubishi ductless units are among the most sophisticated, technologically advanced, and highly energy efficient systems.
But while comfort and system capabilities are important, cost practically remains one of the major influencing factors in your purchasing decision.
In this article, we’ll explore the cost aspects of owning a Mitsubishi ductless mini split system. The aim is to give you an idea how much you can expect to pay for a unit and how much the whole thing costs when installation is put into the equation.
But before we dive in to the main topic, let’s find out first what a ductless mini split system really is.
What is Ductless Mini Split System?
A relatively new system in the United States but has always been a popular comfort solution overseas, especially in Asia and Europe, a ductless mini split system consists of an outside compressor/condenser unit and an indoor evaporator unit called air handlers. These two units are connected by refrigerant lines and power cabling system that are passed through a small conduit in the wall, which is typically not larger than 3 inches in diameter.
Mini split units are ductless. Designed unobtrusive, their indoor air handlers are normally smaller than room air conditioners and highly inconspicuous than your central AC system’s vents. They come in different types, depending on your type of installation.
Indoor units are available either as wall-mounted, horizontal-ducted, ceiling-cassette, ducted, or floor-mounted.
Compared with traditional systems, ductless mini splits are more energy-efficient and advanced in terms of components, functionalities, and features.
Zone-by-zone Comfort with Mitsubishi Electric Ductless Mini Splits
Mitsubishi Electric’s ductless mini split systems are designed as a zonal comfort system. Officially dubbed as “zoned comfort solutions,” these models are designed for the following applications:
• Single-zone cooling. A Mitsubishi Electric ductless mini split unit can work as a spot cooling solution for any individual room or uncomfortable spaces with cooling challenges, like a garage, attic, basement, sunroom, bonus room, or any type of room addition where ductwork is an issue.
• Single-zone cooling and heating. A Mitsubishi Electric ductless mini split system works as an ideal air conditioner and heat pump solution for single-room environments that are normally challenging, especially for ducted systems and other traditional cooling and heating systems.
• Multi-zone cooling and heating. Mitsubishi Electric ductless mini splits can be used to work as a cooling and heating system for multiple zones inside your home. In this configuration, you can connect one outdoor unit to up to eight air handlers. Each of these indoor units will be installed in each room in the house and can be controlled individually and independent of each other, effectively creating a whole-home comfort system that tackles temperature challenges and resolves the comfort needs of every member of your family.
What are the Things that Influence Cost?
When it comes to the cost of an air conditioner (including installation), it’s not easy to give an exact figure. So many considerations come into play. Basically, the price varies depending on many factors, such as the brand of the system, the type of the unit, the level of efficiency, the features that are included, the unique functionalities that are offered, the quality of integrated technology, the complexity of installation, the number of air handlers to be used, and many others.
• Brand. First of all, you’ll have to consider the fact that Mitsubishi Electric is one of the top-known brands out there. Like any quality brand, Mitsubishi Electric—by reputation—has rightfully earned the right to command higher cost. So, you can expect their ductless mini split models to be a little bit more expensive than others, especially lesser known brands.
• Type of the unit. Price ranges also vary depending on whether the unit is for single-room cooling only, for single-room cooling and heating, or for multi-zone cooling and heating.
• Efficiency level. The energy-efficiency of the unit significantly affects the price. This is usually determined by the energy-efficiency rating. Naturally, the unit with the highest SEER comes as the most expensive.
• Features. The differences in built-in features can also influence the price range. Some ductless units with better and more advanced features are priced higher than those with standard ones.
• Functionalities. Unique functionalities create added value and, naturally, affect the price of the unit.
• Integrated technology. The more the unit possesses advanced component, the more it comes expensive than others. Two of the best examples are the advanced compressor system and the quick heating technology.
• Complexity of installation. There are many factors that result to complex installation, such as the size of the space, age of your home, and many others. The more complex the work needed, the higher the labor cost.
• The number of air handlers to be used. For your temperature zoning application, the more air handlers that you would use, the more you will incur cost. It really depends on whether what you need is a single-room cooling and heating or multiple-room zoning installation.
Despite the many cost-influencing factors, however, finding out a ballpark figure is not impossible. So, we ask:
How Much Does a Mitsubishi Electric Ductless Mini Split Units Cost?
On the average, the cheapest Mitsubishi ductless mini split unit costs around more than a thousand bucks, although you can still find some Mitsubishi ductless mini split series in which the models have a price range that is around $500 or more. Those with the highest Btu may range around $5,500 up to $5,900. The most expensive may go up to the north of five thousand dollars or almost six thousand bucks. Take note that this figures refer to the cost of the system only.
The cost varies as well, depending on the price point set by a local HVAC dealer or distributor. At ComfortUp, for example, you’ll find that the Mitsubishi Wall Mount Ductless Mini Split Air Conditioner for a 300-500 square-feet space with a capacity of 9,000 Btu and 24.6 SEER is offered at a discounted price that amount to $1,365 from the original value worth $1,820.00. This is the cheapest that is currently available at ComfortUp’s online store.
One of the most expensive units that are available from other dealers is the Mitsubishi MR SLIM wall- mount ductless mini split air conditioner heat pump which is offered at a discounted price of $3,667.50 from the original price worth $4,890.00. The unit is designed for a 1,000 to 1,650 square-feet room. It has 33,200 Btu and an efficiency rating of 14.5 SEER.
How Much Would It Cost to Install a Mitsubishi Ductless Mini Split Unit?
Generally, the cost of installing a ductless mini split system depends on how complex the set up would get, how much effort it would take, and how many personnel, man-hours, and materials are required to get the job done.
Several other things also come into play, and they significantly affect the cost as well. The size and number of your targeted individual spaces, for instance, will determine the right size of system and the number of indoor units that you need.
If you’re looking for a small, single-room installation, then what you need is just a standard 1:1 system. This pertains to one outdoor unit for one indoor air handler and a line set with average length. Naturally, your expenditure will be somewhere near or within the average cost.
In the installer survey that was mentioned in the fifth Market Progress Evaluation Report (MPER) of the Northwest Ductless Heat Pump Initiative by the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance’s (NEEA), it was stated that for a 1:1 single-family home system installation, the average cost ranges from $3,913 to $4,633. It must be noted that Mitsubishi Electric was one of the participating manufacturers in this project along with other HVAC and utility providers. In the same study it was reported that for Master Installers, the average cost of installation runs from $3,200 to $5,500. With other installers, it ranges from $1,700 to $6,000.
Mitsubishi, on the other hand, officially estimated that a new unit intended for a single-zone application, costs more or less $3,000 to $15,000. This mark-up may still change depending on the cost of labor, supporting materials, and other accessories. The required 240V outlet, for example, may cost you around $200 to $1,000, the equipment pad priced at $50 to $300, and you can throw in $200 to $300 for every wall mounted thermostat controller if you need a few of them aside from the standard handheld wireless controller.
On the other hand, if you’re looking for a multi-room installation, then the number of air handlers that you need must be proportionate to the number of individual rooms that you’re planning to be installed with the system. If this is the case, then you can expect the cost to be a little bit higher. Additionally, there’s a big possibility that you might need longer refrigerant lines too, which will also add up to your expenses.
Using the NEEA study and supported by its own data, Mitsubishi itself provided an estimate for a multi-zone system installation. For each zone, Mitsubishi said that on the average, you should expect to pay at least $4,000 to $5,500. For the whole-home comfort solution, the overall average estimate starts at the minimum of $4,000 up to a maximum cost that amounts to $20,000.
To give you a better picture, check out this sample cost summary data from Mitsubishi Electric:
Take note that the costs related to the complexity of installation are results of varying situations that pertain to the size of the space that you need to heat/cool, the age of your home, the necessity to create conduits for refrigerants, and in most cases, the overall work that is associated with the replacement of your existing system. Additionally, where you live and the differing price points offered by different contractors and technician are another important factors that affect cost.
The good news is you’re at the right place. ComfortUp offers a range of ductless A/C products including the Mitsubishi brand.
To get a better idea about the overall cost of your new system, you can shop and even buy ductless A/C’s here.
Once you are ready to install it You have two options: the first is to hire any HVAC contractor from your area and the second is to get the services of Mitsubishi-recommended Diamond Contractors™.
Choosing the latter will give you the benefit of having your system installed by professionals with specialized knowledge on Mitsubishi systems. Additionally, it makes you eligible to get a 12-year warranty coverage for your system parts and compressor.